Agency Details

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Agency ID11864
TitleGympie City Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 7/1/1905
End Date 8/10/1993
Date NotesChangeover day: 2 Dec 1993

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services in urban areas

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Series IDTitleFromTo
21218Minutes - Gympie City Council 26/3/1918 24/11/1993
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 7/1/1905 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 9/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
248Housing and Local Government Department 7/12/1989 24/9/1992
249Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning 24/9/1992 8/10/1993
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
10381Gympie Town Council
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
9492Cooloola Shire Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 7 Jan 1905, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 5 p. 31
Queensland Government Gazette 8 Oct 1993, Vol. CCCIV, No. 29 p. 487
Local Government (Shire of Cooloola) Changeover Day Notice (no 1) 1993 - Queensland Government Gazette 3 December 1993, Vol. CCCIV, No. 70, p. 1521
Local Government Act 1993 - s137H, p.187
Item 3417497 - Gympie City Council Minute Book - end date 24 Nov 1993
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing Local Government Act 1993
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Government Act 1936
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Gympie Town Council changed to Gympie City Council on 7 January 1905.

The functions and powers of City Councils under the consolidated and amended "Local Authorities Act of 1902" included construction and maintenance of roads and streets, bridges, wharves and jetties and other public works, control of traffic, use of land and buildings for the provision of public services and amenities including fire stations, parks, libraries and other recreational, educational and civic facilities, pounds, cemeteries, dams, reservoirs and water supply infrastructure, gas and electricity works, street lighting, rubbish dumps, sewerage farms and disposal works. The "Local Authorities Acts Amendment Act 1923" provided increased powers to Councils in respect to roads, buildings and subdivisions which resulted in greater control of urban planning.

Councils were empowered to create by-laws with respect to all matters within their jurisdiction, but all such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.
City Councils were also responsible for administering the Loan Fund and for carrying out valuations on properties for the purpose of collecting rates. Under the "Valuation of Land Act 1944" the Valuer-General became the sole valuation authority. In the 1970s City Councils ceased to distribute electricity. Other functions undertaken by Councils with other government instrumentalities have also ceased to be Council responsibilities including hospitals, fire brigades, ports and harbours, abattoirs and slaughterhouses.

Under the "Local Authorities Act of 1902" City Councils consisted of elected aldermen with the Chairman elected by the aldermen to be the Mayor. The chief administrator was the Town Clerk and Councils were given the authority to appoint other officers necessary to carry out their duties. Under the "Local Authorities Amendment Act 1920" adult franchise replaced rate-payer eligibility to vote.

Gympie City Council amalgamated with Widgee Shire Council to establish the Cooloola Shire Council on 8 October 1993. The first elections were held on 27 November 1993. The 'changeover day" to the local government area of the Shire of Cooloola is the 2 December 1993 as notified in the "Local Government Act (Shire of Cooloola) Regulation 1993".
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11864, Gympie City Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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